John D. Montgomery
When Glenn Mead hung out his shingle to apply dentistry below it was June 29, 1977.
Forty-5 years afterwards Mead is only a single of two dentists in his class of 1977 however practising.
Right after graduating from Heavner Large School in 1970 the long run dentist went to college at Japanese Oklahoma Condition Junior College in Wilburton for a pair of decades just before enrolling at East Central College in Ada.
Considerably less than a semester into his Eu vocation, Mead received his acceptance letter to the OU College or university of Dentistry.
Mead experienced attained out to the Dean of the School by letter inquiring about dentistry.
The Dean corresponded again and a meeting in between the two was arranged.
“We achieved on the 3rd tale of an previous residence,” Mead mentioned. “We talked about a whole lot of things. I was a younger buck who didn’t know just about anything. He appreciated that I inquired and stored in contact.
“He claimed it was not only about very good grades but that they required properly rounded candidates and not just taking science.”
To apply students had been essential to acquire a dental aptitude check and individuals ended up only presented in Norman.
Mead stated the powers that be ultimately relented and mentioned if he obtained 10 students to choose it they could take it at Jap.
Mead went to operate recruiting his fellow classmates who had aspirations of finding out drugs or regulation.
“I told them if they did poorly no one would ever know because it was a dental aptitude check. I did not have a auto so there was no way I could get to Norman.”
He pulled it off and had ample little ones to have the take a look at supplied extra conveniently situated.
“It was a traditional example of if you really don’t question you never ever know what can materialize,” he stated.
Out of the 300 who utilized for dental school in his course 24 had been picked.
Mead recalled as graduation neared he and Ann, whom he dated in substantial college, imagined about likely again to Heaver.
“But there ended up two youthful graduates from Baylor a 12 months earlier, one particular heading to Heavner and the other to Poteau,” he reported.
Mead traveled all around southeastern Oklahoma likely to sites like Idabel seeking for a place to go into apply.
“But we favored the Oklahoma Metropolis place and Dr. Shadid was retiring in Purcell. He was offering his observe so Bill Skaggs and I went in with each other to obtain it.”
Skaggs experienced gone to Creighton University’s dental school and obtained out the exact same calendar year as Mead did at OU. They had two offices.
Skaggs only practiced here for two a long time before relocating to Norman in which he specialized in upper echelon patients accomplishing cosmetic dentistry.
Mead purchased out Skaggs and at that time was the only dentist in McClain County.
“That was right before Blanchard (and Newcastle) blew up,” he stated.
Now there are at minimum two dentists in Blanchard and Newcastle and 6 or seven dentists in Purcell. He believed Norman has 60 dentists.
Shadid opened a apply in Norman and took some patients. Some also followed Skaggs so Mead was constructing his observe.
He said the most complicated section of his practice is working with people and patient funding in particular if a patient desires a little something that insurance policies won’t deal with.
The most gratifying facet of his observe is helping people today.
“I experienced a lady who worked at the jail,” Mead stated looking back. “She was certain and decided for me to pull all of her teeth and make dentures. She had been to dentists all her existence and methods would not perform out. Almost nothing labored or absolutely nothing lasted.
“I lastly convinced her that she could continue to keep her teeth. I fixed her challenge and created her some wonderful partials. When they retired they moved to a lake south of Forth Truly worth but she ongoing to generate up in this article for her dental perform,” he said.
“Then there are younger teens who have not had proper treatment,” he ongoing. “You see some youthful women who hold their hand over their mouths or won’t smile. With good treatment a flower blooms prior to your eyes and they can day.”
Same for boys he reported.
“It’s a complete various way of folks remaining helped.”
A further detail he’s finished in Purcell was acquiring fluoride additional to the Purcell drinking drinking water.
“Now we never see as a lot of young children with bummed out teeth,” he explained.
Mead reported he’s tried to help society as effectively.
It’s superior when specialist men and women, who are typically much more educated and have seen some items maybe other people have not, get associated in a community, he reported.
“That way all the selections are not designed by the excellent ole’ boys and ladies.
“Purcell has normally been blessed in that regard,” Mead mentioned.
“People served on the chamber or the clinic board all performing what they can. If anyone does a small little bit it helps make a community special.”
Mead summed up his career this way:
“I’m just a place boy who obtained incredibly blessed, labored tough and picked a fantastic intention,” he said.
“I could not be a lot happier for how it turned out. I created a living for my relatives, created a great deal of good friends and got some superior football tickets,” he said.
Likely again and supplying back at the dental school has also been gratifying for him.
“It’s been good heading back to the dental university with my pals over the many years,” he confirmed.
When he’s not crawling all-around in a patient’s mouth, Mead enjoys remaining outdoor carrying out yard work.
And he has three granddaughters who preserve him fast paced as their only grandfather.
His daughter-in-law’s father and his son-in-law’s father both of those have handed absent leaving Mead as their only grandfather.
“I experience a very little stress to be the finest grandfather for people women,” he admitted.
He documented he has great well being and has a young personnel who is keen to learn and is extremely, extremely, pretty enthusiastic.
“That can make it less difficult to get up and go to operate,” he mentioned.